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Please read these guidelines carefully - your video entry MUST comply with these guidelines or it will not be judged and you may forfeit your entry fees:


  • Videos must be 2 -3 minutes in length. Longer videos will not be watched beyond 3 minutes.

  • Video entries will be judged on presentation, pole skill and performance ability.

  • Videos MUST be on YouTube or Vimeo. Downloadable files are not allowed. Videos may be on unlisted setting in youtube, but not private.

  • The title of the video on YouTube must say that it is a Pole Theatre entry, and must have the entrant's name and category in the title, e.g. Michelle Shimmy's entry in Pole Comedy, Pole Theatre Sydney 2015.

  • The description of the video on YouTube or Vimeo must contain the entrant's proposed 
    performance description (so that the judges can easily refer to it while watching).

    For example: ”In my proposed performance at Pole Theatre Sydney 2015 in Pole Comedy, I will be portraying a zombie who comes back to life and is elected Prime Minister of Australia to replace the current Prime Minister, and ends up doing a much better job.”

  • If you are entering Pole Art, you must state in the description what style of dance you are incorporating into your entry, e.g. lyrical, contemporary, commercial, tango etc

  • Videos must not be edited in any way and must be filmed in one single take (i.e. no splicing together of different clips). Exceptions will be made for live performances where the video has been professionally edited without removing any sections i.e. just filming a live show from different angles.

  • Videos must be of good quality with sufficient lighting.

  • Only one video will be viewed per entrant, per category. Entrants cannot submit multiple videos, unless they are entering more than one category and wish to provide a different video for each category entered.

  • The video must show only the entrant performing. It is not acceptable to submit a group performance and ask the judges to identify the entrant in the group. Human props are allowed to be in the video if they are being used as human props.

  • In Pole Classique, entrants must wear heels in their video entry so that the judges can see that they are able to dance in heels. Competitors are required to remove at least one item of their costume in this category, in a such a way that the removal of the costume is incorporated into the performance.

  • Although you do not need to submit a video of the exact performance you intend to perform, it is strongly advised that competitors submit a video that matches their chosen category. i.e, If you have chosen to enter Pole Comedy, it is advisable to enter a video of you doing a humorous performance rather than a contemporary lyrical piece. This is so the judges can see that you are capable of comedy. It is also important to make sure you have a balance between tricks and floorwork, and that you demonstrate that you have strong performance skills and have good stage presence, even if your video is filmed in a studio setting. The judges want to see that you are capable of engaging and connecting with an audience.

  • Competitors under the age of 18 may now enter Pole Theatre in the appropriate Amateur, Semi-Pro and Professional divisions provided that they have parental consent (sent in with their application). Competitors under the age of 18 are not permitted to enter the Classique category even with parental consent. 

  • Video judges are selected at Pole Theatre International Headquarters in Sydney and are not judged or scored by the countries national organiser.
    All video judges are internationally renowned pole dancers and experienced judges who have undergone and passed the strict Pole Theatre judges certification. A list of the judges can be found HERE.


  • All videos are scored based on the Category Rules listed here. This includes all the deductions outlined for each category. The videos are sent to the judges like this (click photo to enlarge):

Pole TheatreJudgig Table Template
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